UPSC Courses

DNA banner


  • 17 October, 2022

  • 5 Min Read

India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake

India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake

India's first freight rail rakes made entirely of aluminium were recently introduced by the Union Minister for Railways.

Details about the news

  • These freight rail rakes are made entirely of aluminium, according to Hindalco.
  • The development of the aluminium rakes aims to modernise freight transportation and enable significant carbon savings for Indian Railways.
  • The Bhubaneswar station has flagged off 61-wagon rakes.
  • The rakes are 180 tonnes lighter than steel rakes currently in use.
  • They have a 5–10% greater payload capacity.
  • They use less energy and cause relatively little damage to the rails and rolling stock.


Reducing carbon emissions

  • The bottom discharge coal-specific aluminium freight waggon is tipped to significantly reduce carbon emissions. These waggons reduce CO2 emissions by 14,500 tonnes.
  • 8–10 tonnes of CO2 are saved over the course of the wagon's lifetime for every 100 kg of weight reduction. For just one rake, this equates to a CO2 reduction of more than 14,500 tonnes.
  • The payload-to-tare weight ratio of these all-aluminium rakes is 19% higher, which will significantly improve the logistics and operational effectiveness of the Railways.
  • They are corrosion-resistant and use less energy.
  • They are completely recyclable and won't lose any of their quality even after 30 years.

Boost for sector growth:

  • The energy-efficient and environmentally friendly Railways are predicted to significantly increase their volume share from the current 18%, driving the freight sector in India to grow at a rate of more than 7% CAGR to 15 billion tonnes by 2050.
  • The importance of using aluminium: In the United States, Europe, and Japan, aluminium trains are the most popular.
  • This is a result of features like its svelte, aerodynamic designs.
  • They can tilt while moving quickly without deviating from the path.
  • As a result of its improved crashworthiness or superior crash absorption capability, aluminium is the material of choice for metro trains all over the world due to its durability and, most importantly, passenger safety.
  • The plans of Indian Railways to build Vande Bharat trains with aluminium bodies have already been made public.

Read Also: Privatisation of Indian Railways

Source: The New Indian Express

Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana

Recently, Prime Minister announced Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana under which 1 crore households will get rooftop solar power systems. India’s Status of Current Solar Capacity India currently stands at 4th place globally in solar power capacity. As per Ministry of New an

Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA)- NGO 

The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) registration of two prominent non-governmental organisations (NGOs) — Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and World Vision India (WVI) have been cancelled this month. What is FCRA? Key provisions of FCRA, 2010 Key aspects Description

Voice clone-AI

Voice clone fraud has been on the rise in India. AI voice cloning – It is the process of creating a synthetic replica of a person’s voice through machine learning and speech synthesis technology.It is called as voice deepfakesor audio deepfakes. Objective – To achieve a high level of na

Science communication- how to promote

Steps taken by India to promote Science Communication Publications and Information Directorate (PID) - An organisation under Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) established in 1951 for publishing and disseminating scientific information in India. National science magazines- The PI

Universal Basic Income (UBI)- Analysis

Universal Basic Income (UBI) can strengthen welfare architecture and unlock the nation’s latent demographic potential. UBI - It is an income support mechanism typically intended to reach all or a very large portion of the population regardless of their earnings or employment status. Objective- To provide enough to co


Search By Date

Newsletter Subscription
SMS Alerts

Important Links

UPSC GS Mains Crash Course - RAW Prelims Answer Key 2024